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Many varieties of native plants on sale

The El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (EDC CNPS) rounds out another busy year of native plant activities with its annual Fall Native Plant Sale on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 9 a.m-1 p.m. in front of the El Dorado County Government Center, 330 Fair Lane in Placerville. The fall sale (there’s another in […]

Elder Options provides many services

The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers is transitioning to Aging Life Care. The announcement came at the recent national conference in Denver, Colo. Members Carol S. Heape, MSW, CMC, and Elizabeth Heape-Caldwell, BA brought the news home to Elder Options Inc. staff. Heape has been an Aging Life Care professional for more than […]

Celebrating 90 years of working and giving

Anton “Tony” Schuh has lived in El Dorado County on the Georgetown Divide for almost 34 years and is turning 90 on May 3. He hand-built the Sierra Pines Mobile Home Park and has given so much to family and friends and to the residents of the park. Family and friends are giving him a 90th […]

Sac museums offering many summer programs

From learning more about art to archery or creepy crawlers to deep space, a dozen Sacramento area museums and destinations are offering special summer classes, camps and activities for Children. A comprehensive and continually updated listing of activities is available at sacmuseums.org/summer-camps/. Space is limited and camps are filling up fast. Parents are encouraged to […]

Travels to resort have produced many stories

The story of Sorensen’s Resort is complex. From the first actual cabin built in 1907, through the years to what it is now. The resort has been an ever evolving story of determination, gumption, blind faith and luck. Travel through Hope Valley long ago was very different from it is today. Travelers, on foot, horse, […]

My turn: Working together for common solutions

As the incoming chair of the 15-member Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board, this promises to be a hopeful and exciting year. 2015 will be full of opportunities, but also challenges, for the continued protection of Lake Tahoe. The number one priority among our challenges is funding shortfalls. Federal and state funding that has paid […]

Woodheads to raise funds for woodworking classes

On Monday, April 7, the Society of Woodheads Only (SOWHO), spearheaded by Jim Von Tellrop Jr., will gather once again at Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub in Placerville to raise funds for the woodworking classes at five local high schools. Celebrating its 10th year, this lively event features an array of generously donated auction items […]

Many special events at State Indian Museum

In honor of the annual Native American Heritage Month celebration that happens every November, the State Indian Museum is offering a series of special events and activities each weekend that celebrate and share the lasting heritage, traditions and contributions of Native Americans with the local community. The State Indian Museum will offer notable Basket Weaving […]

Feng Shui principals still working

With more listings and less buyers looking at homes this fall and winter, sellers may need to give a little more thought to making their homes more inviting to previewing buyers. Creating a WOW experience is a sure way sellers will get a higher price.  This last spring and early summer, it was less important. […]

‘New, working Board of Supervisors’

EDITOR: Yesterday, I took a day off work to attend my first 2013 El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting. I was pleasantly surprised by the new board of “working” supervisors who were doing their job of governing the direction of our county. I watched them get updated by CEDAC and asking all the right […]

Nutting a hardworking man

EDITOR: I have been following the progress of the Nutting lynching; it makes it clear that this is the way Placerville got its name in the gold era (Hangtown). I have been in business in El Dorado County since 1960. My father started the business (Halk Equipment Rentals) and prided himself at being an honest […]

Thanking those working for us

EDITOR: I just want to send a well deserved ‘Thank you’” to all law enforcement and fire department personnel, as well as first responders and all who help in time of disasters. What would we do without the road maintenance crews in times of adverse weather conditions? The public comes up with many different complaints about the road […]

Shop Small Saturday helps in so many ways

Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is “Shop Small Saturday” on Saturday, Nov. 24. Shop Small is a nationwide movement to recognize and celebrate the contribution of small businesses to the national, state and local economy. People all over the nation are encouraged to support their local small businesses by shopping locally. “With the exception […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Working with fear

Fearful dogs are tricky. They are to dog trainers what antique glass heirlooms are to UPS delivery people: special care and handling required. I’ve worked with the owners of many shy or fearful dogs, usually after these people spent years exacerbating the problem with their own misguided behavior: the weary woman who comes home to […]

Franckly speaking: Here’s a minority group to which many of us belong

This week Ive been reading a book that — whenever I mention it — people respond to and start talking. Its called “The Introvert Advantage” by Marti Olsen Laney. The subtitle is ”How to thrive in an extrovert world.” According to Laney, one in four Americans is an introvert. It’s interesting to think about whether […]

Stepping out: Chipotle Mexican Grill has many tasty menu choices

“You know how I feel about tacos. It’s the only food shaped like a smile.” — Spoken by the character Earl Hickey in “My Name is Earl,” (2006) Chipotle Mexican Grill A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that Chipotle had delivered a number of burritos to the folks at the newspaper to try, as […]

HUD reworking affordability index

New tool will provide homebuyers with a more accurate estimate of living costs WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced it has awarded The Manhattan Strategies Group, LLC, and its subcontractor the Center for Neighborhood Technology a $3.2 million contract to create a national Housing and Transportation Affordability Index. The […]

El Dorado County has many resources

For the El Dorado County Commission on Aging, old age is nothing to fear — it is simply an opportunity to enjoy life and take advantage of all the resources El Dorado County has to offer. However, how can all of these opportunities be taken if it can sometimes be difficult just to access or […]

Thank you for supporting woodworking education

EDITOR: On behalf of the Society of Wood Heads Only and the Hardwood Lumber Distributors of the Greater Sacramento area, we wish to thank all those who helped contribute to our seventh annual fundraiser for the high school woodworking programs of El Dorado County. We received money and raffle prize donations from many of the […]

Working together is a successful venture

What: Art and Wine Festival Who: Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises and Placerville Kiwanis Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Mark D. Forni Building, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville When: Saturday, Jan. 22, 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: Tickets $30 each or $50 per couple Information: 530-622-4848 It is a new year and a great way to start […]

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Students stage mini ‘opera’ that teaches many lessons

A mini “opera” coming to Sacramento State is more than just a musical production — it’s also an educational project that reaches across several subject fields. “The Devil’s Highway” will be performed at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, in Capistrano Hall Room 151. It is based on Luis Alberto Urrea’s acclaimed book of the same […]

Collaboration and partnerships pay off in many ways

The need for healthcare services is in greater demand now than ever in the history of El Dorado County. For this reason the Nonprofit Partnership has joined hands in demonstrating how collaboration is a key component in providing resources during a challenging economy. ÒWith a combined experience of 303 years of serving El Dorado County, […]

Heard over the back fence: Lets help out all the hard-working teachers

Democrat staff writer It is a well-known fact that many teachers pay out of their own pockets for some school supplies. Local businesses Tony Matthews and Annieberries on Main Street in Placerville are collecting school supplies and backpacks to provide help for Schnell School students and homeless teenagers. The donations will be given to teachers […]

Its taking more time when working with todays homebuyers

Democrat columnist Working with homebuyers today is taking longer than it used to. My last sale was to a couple I had been working with for eight months. My new escrow is to a family I first met six months ago. From the time of my first meeting with a potential buyer until closing, can […]

Working for the voters

Elections matter and so do the people we elect. The indisputable evidence is the sheriffÕs race. There are now seven candidates, all well qualified, running to replace Sheriff Jeff Neves, who is retiring. Neves has done an outstanding job and is always open and available, often found at many local functions. There are those who […]

Second Saturday concert features local favorites

The Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road in Shingle Springs, features two local favorites, Hickory Wind and The Whiskey Beggars at its Second Saturday concert series on Feb. 13. Hickory Wind is as free spirited and deeply rooted as its name suggests. Lead singer Cheryll Kent is a local Camino girl with a […]

Things to do: Feb. 12, 2016

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Feb. 29 is featuring an all gallery show “Love is in the Air,” that showcases the jewelry makers in the gallery. Lorrene Baum-Davis is one of those extraordinary jewelers. Using silver and polymer clays and her own techniques she creates textures and shapes within […]

SMUD axes Iowa Hill

Many Camino residents heaved a sigh of relief last week as the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) announced it is canceling the Iowa Hill project due to its costs and financial risk. In a press release dated Feb. 5 SMUD states its engineering contractor estimated the project cost at $1.45 billion — an investment that “would significantly limit the choices SMUD […]

Lady Griz fall to Rio Vista

GARDEN VALLEY — Golden Sierra High varsity girls coach Darik Belton’s methods have preached three main pillars for the program: have fun, work hard and be competitive. All three were on display Wednesday night at home, as the Lady Griz lost 58-41 during Senior Night. The score may have stretched out towards the end, after […]

ORHS principal still out

One person was noticeably absent at the Oak Ridge High School eighth-grade orientation last week. Principal Paul Burke wasn’t there to welcome the incoming freshmen class despite many families believing he would be back on the job by now. Burke has been on paid administrative leave since Nov. 2, 2015 for undisclosed personnel reasons. At […]

Accreditation reaffirmed for all four Los Rios colleges

SACRAMENTO – All four Los Rios colleges have had their accreditation reaffirmed by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, which said its action for each college “indicates that the institution is in substantial compliance with the commission’s standards.” Accreditation is a process of external quality review that higher education utilizes to evaluate colleges, […]

Mark Shields: Cracking the code of campaign-speak

“Do you ever get the feeling,” asked humorist Robert Orben, “that the only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right?” But even after real, live Americans actually do vote in Iowa and New Hampshire, somehow we always seem to be left with more winners than losers. Because you, dear […]

Camino district proposes bond

Camino Union School District has all the charm of a rural school district but at more than 60 years old it’s showing its age.

Hence the push by its school board and staff to get approval from residents this June for a bond issue to fund needed improvements.

Superintendent/Principal Matthew Smith, who oversees Camino School and Camino Science and Natural Resources Charter School on the Snows Road campus, took the Mountain Democrat on a tour, pointing out the site’s many deficiencies.

Love inspires Gold Country artists

Gold Country Artists Gallery presents “Love is in the Air,” a special gallery show to celebrate one of the artists’ favorite holidays — Valentine’s Day. It is the time to think about special people in your life. The gallery this year is showcasing its jewelry makers with stunning new jewelry in addition to a variety […]

EDH property serves as fiery training ground

Dubbed the “Joerger Incident,” the El Dorado Hills Fire Department, along with Cameron Park/Cal Fire, Folsom and Rescue fire departments, career and volunteer firefighters and explorers, EDH Fire Board directors, the Mountain Democrat and District 2 Supervisor Shiva Frentzen successfully burned a building to the ground (on purpose) at the hands-on training event Jan. 28-30. EDH Fire Chief […]

Things to do: Feb. 5, 2016

ONGOING put gold 205 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Feb. 29 is featuring an all gallery show “Love is in the Air” that showcases the jewelry makers in the gallery. One of the jewelers is Ron Runtenelli, whose fine skill, workmanship and pure artistry is revealed in his beautiful […]

The Weekly Daley: Life after Iowa

So the post-Iowa hype has instantaneously evolved into the pre-New Hampshire hype. Other than the presidential campaign there doesn’t appear to be anything else going on in our world. Oh, Super Bowl of course, but whatever happened to that ISIS thing that was all “front page” not so long ago? And although the stock market […]

Interns share lessons learned at Mountain Democrat

Jordan Freer Language, in my opinion, is the basis of humanity. The dawn of the universe was not the Big Bang, nor was it the meeting of hydrogen atoms. It was not the coming of the primal animal from water upon rocky shore, it was not the birth of the first mammal. The dawn of […]

Oak Ridge theft inspires giving spirit

Authorities have arrested two men suspected of stealing tens of thousands of dollars in equipment at Oak Ridge High School on Jan. 17. Three suspects remain at large. On Jan. 29 El Dorado County sheriff’s officials announced the arrests of 51-year-old Mike Zivkovich of Sacramento and 35-year-old Matthew Fleeman of El Dorado Hills. Searches of their homes led […]

Guitar masters play at Sutter Creek

Frank Vignola and Vinnie Raniolo bring their jaw-dropping guitar mastery to Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, Amador County, on Friday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. Calling Vignola a virtuoso is something of an understatement. Recognized primarily as a world-class jazz guitarist, but well versed in every genre, his résumé includes work […]

My Turn: Despite snow, Tahoe’s climate still changing

The new year got off to a phenomenal start with snow falling at Lake Tahoe. It seems long ago since we’ve had snow around the lake, but as California and Nevada continue to grapple with four years of drought and water shortages, the snow couldn’t be falling at a better time. A snow survey this […]

Heard over the back fence: Remembering Dan Ferrier

NEVER FORGET: It has been three years since Daniel Allen “Dan” Ferrier was killed breaking up a bar fight in Old Town Sacramento on New Year’s Eve. Greatly missed by his many friends, family and clients, Dan inspired many people with learning challenges when he made a major lifestyle change at age 16. After serving two […]

Helping the homeless

EDITOR: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” These words from the Declaration of Independence do not appear to apply to people without houses in Placerville. Homeless […]

Real estate agent Stephanie Haley looks out for the elderly

At some point in our lives we all have to face it. Old age or sickness is never really something that we look forward to but it is something that we, as humans, must face. We will all get there in one way or another. But what happens when we reach that point in our […]

Sue Cox is a trailblazer for women in the real estate industry

If anyone should know about the real estate business in the area, it’s Sue Cox, a Realtor Associate for Lyon Real Estate, who has been a licensed Realtor for an impressive 48 years. Cox moved from Southern California to Cameron Park in 1967, and received her real estate license a year after. Back then Cameron […]

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News »

SMUD axes Iowa Hill

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1

Former drug agent admits to trafficking

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: A1

Placerville crime stats: Property crimes are up

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A1

Home burns; firefighters injured

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A1 | Gallery

DUI Log

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A2

Heard over the back fence: Have faith

By Ken Deibert | From Page: B1

ORHS principal still out

By Julie Samrick

Accreditation reaffirmed for all four Los Rios colleges

By Los Rios Community College District | Gallery

Report: Man sets girl on fire

By Amanda Williams | Gallery

2015 stats: Violent crime up

By Amanda Williams

Never give up on a dream

By Dawn Hodson | Gallery

Mik running for Assembly

By Democrat Staff

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Letters »

What are we thinking?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Presidential executive orders

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Trending numbers

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Board majority sell-out

By Letters to the Editor

Use your intelligence, Gene

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Hit in the head

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Who’s the real phony?

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EID disaster

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Tahoe seniors delighted

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Are you hornswoggled?

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Teacher shortage

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Denial

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Hands up, don’t shoot?

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Disdain and disgrace

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Opinions and facts

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Altshuler’s insults

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Respect other drivers

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Helping the homeless

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Herd immunity doesn’t work either

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Sports »

Sports scene: Feb. 12, 2016

By Brandon Anicich | From Page: A9

Roundup: Feb. 9-10, 2016

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A9

“Fresh Tracks” 5k Snowshoe Walk and Race

By News Release | From Page: A10

GS boys downed 60-47

By Brandon Anicich | From Page: A10

Lady Griz fall to Rio Vista

By Brandon Anicich | From Page: A10

Lady Bruins oust Oakmont, eye Roseville

By Brandon Anicich | From Page: A10

Roundup: Feb. 13, 2016

By Democrat Staff

Lady Cougars share league title

By Brandon Anicich | Gallery

D’back boys win big over El Dorado

By Mark Devaughn | Gallery

Bruins on roll

By Jerry Heinzer

Ponderosa varsity advances

By Jerry Heinzer | Gallery

Schedule: Feb. 15-20, 2016

By Democrat Staff

Oak Ridge athletes sign

By Democrat Staff | Gallery

Costa breaks through for first win

By Jerry Heinzer | Gallery

Numbers add up for Bruins’ team title

By Democrat Staff | Gallery

Six lady wrestlers advance

By Democrat Staff

Troy tests Woodcreek

By Brandon Anicich

Cougars win rematch, eye title

By Mark Devaughn | Gallery

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Prospecting »

‘Lend Me a Tenor’ hits a high note

By Pat Lakey | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Things to do: Feb. 12, 2016

By Democrat Calendar | From Page: B2

The future looks sweet

By Pat Lakey | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Hear Lolligaggers and Beyond a Dream at fundraiser

By Rebecca Murphy | From Page: B3

Second Saturday concert features local favorites

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B3

Feist Wines moving south down Highway 49

By Feist Wines | From Page: B4

Folsom Lake Symphony plays the language of love

By Folsom Symphony | From Page: B6

Pomp and pageantry coming to Folsom

By Harris Center for the Arts

Food trucks drive to Union Mine High School

By El Dorado Union High School District

Career fair showcases opportunities

By El Dorado Union High School District

‘Ancestral Voices’ inspire dancers in spring concert

By California State Unversity, Sacramento

Scarlata, Kalish top New Millennium Concert schedule

By California State Unversity, Sacramento

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Essentials »

DUI Log

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A2

Lake levels

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Divorces: December 2015

By Democrat Staff

News Bites 2/10

By Democrat Staff

Building permits issued Feb. 1-5

By El Dorado County Community Development

Placerville Police crime log

By Amanda Williams

EDSO crime log

By Amanda Williams

Lake levels

By Contributor

On the agenda: EID

By Dawn Hodson

DUI Log

By Amanda Williams

Building permits issued Jan. 25-29

By El Dorado County Community Development

News Bites 2/3

By Democrat Staff

Building permits issued from Jan. 18-22

By El Dorado County Community Development

Rainfall totals: January 2016

By Democrat Staff

Lake levels

By Contributor

News Bites: 1/27

By Democrat Staff

EDSO Crime Log

By Amanda Williams

Placerville Police Crime Log

By Amanda Williams

DUI Log

By Amanda Williams

Lake levels

By Contributor

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Obituaries »

Dr. Darrel Lee Dawes

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Linda Marie (Gray) Suddarth

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Etta “Louise” Beals

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Odie Ray Prettyman funeral notice

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Michael David Wendt

By Contributor

Dennis “Spike” Wright

By Contributor

Lloyd Frank Romberger

By Contributor

Cristin Claire Hesse-Gill

By Contributor

Joseph Richard Erickson

By Contributor

Philip John Garthe Jr.

By Contributor

Bell Weaver

By Contributor

Charlotte Emily Dryden

By Contributor

Donna Louise Ranger

By Contributor

June Birtwell

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Home Source Feb 12

Ten reasons your house isn’t selling

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HMS4

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